Family therapy is specific and solution-focused, with attainable therapeutic goals in mind. All families have their own patterns of communication, behaviors, and acceptable ways of relating. The family shapes how each member interacts, as well as how they engage with the world beyond home. You might also think of this as the unique culture of a family and its dynamics. To a large extent, we may be unaware of our family systems because they seem normal to us, even when unhealthy ways of relating have been passed down through the generations.
A marriage and family therapist is able to treat conflict that arises within the context of a family’s particular system. Some common reasons for choosing family therapy over one-on-one therapy include:
- The death of a family member
- Divorce and child custody issues
- Upheaval due to a traumatic event that affects everyone in the family
- Parenting conflicts
- Big adjustments, such as adoption, a new baby, or a step-parent
- Conflict between siblings
Therapy can take place on a one-on-one basis or within a group, but when there is a family-wide issue, it generally makes the most sense for everyone to come together in finding a solution. Family therapy is a safe place to nurture more supportive bonds.
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Brett Beaver, LMFT is a licensed family therapist with more than two decades of experience. Connect with him today to learn more about scheduling a family counseling session.